UK Gambling Law Shelved?
By staff
A shake-up of gaming legislation that would’ve let casinos open terrestrially 24 hours a day and offer million-pound slot machine payouts, and could have raised £1.5bn a year in tax, is now set to be postponed until after the next General Election, and may never be introduced at all. The legislation also made room for online casino gambling from Great Britain, which would have been a milestone in online player protection and regulation in the nascent industry.

Plans for gambling reform were announced by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell last year, but the Government's crowded Parliamentary timetable means a gaming law is not expected in this autumn's Queen's Speech, which sets out legislation for the coming year.

The gaming business is expected to be understandably upset as the regime change would’ve seen Blackpool become Europe's gambling capital with a £1bn complex planned.

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